When 18-year-old Michayla Cassano learned that her home state of Colorado only had two memorials honoring fallen servicewomen, she took matters into her own hands. The Fountain, Colorado Girl Scout spent three years planning, designing, and soliciting donations for a memorial honoring women who lost their lives in combat, urging, “We need more recognition for women.”
Cassano took on the project as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award, all the while battling two different kinds of blood disorders. Her hard work and determination paid off — Colorado’s third memorial dedicated specifically to fallen servicewomen was revealed near Fort Carson on Memorial Day.
Cassano raised nearly $6,000 to erect the memorial, a rosy-hued granite bench with an inscription that reads, “For the women in uniform who have served and for those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our country — may they never be forgotten.” Cassano spoke with veterans organizations and other companies in her area in order to raise all of the required funds.
The memorial turned out even better than she imagined, Cassano claims, but it was the journey that was the most rewarding part of her project. “I’ve met people who were in World War II and I got to listen to their stories,” she told KRDO News.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.
The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.